I have found myself reflecting on last Sunday’s service throughout this week. I found it to be a more intimate service, a change of pace, and in perfect tune with this season and time of year. My favorite part, though, was the children’s talk with Anna and Felipe.
Our children’s talks at CPC are often special gems – typically thanks to the gifts, talents, and interesting insights of our congregation’s children. This past Sunday, what has stayed with me is Anna’s explanation of the sign of the cross from the Catholic tradition, and I feel it’s a good way for us to remember the fullness of the relationship we seek and can have with God.
To paraphrase: toughing our forehead, we welcome God into our mind; touching our heart, we welcome God into our heart; and touching our shoulders, we ask for God to give us the strength we need. We have had conversations as a congregation over the past year about being “head centered” or “heart centered” in our faith and worship. This children’s talk made it so clear and simple that we of course want to make an equal place for God in both our minds and our hearts! It may be that only with God present in our thinking and learning along with our emotions and relationships, we can rest secure in the knowledge that God will always be with us and giving us the strength required for the living of our lives.
See you in church!